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Pressure Cooker Saucy BBQ Chicken Thighs

Barbecued chicken gets a makeover in this recipe. The combination of ingredients makes for a mellow, not-too-sweet flavor that's more grown-up than the original and super over rice, pasta or potatoes. —Sharon Fritz, Morristown, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked brown rice, optional


  • Place chicken in a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker; sprinkle with poultry seasoning. Top with onion and tomatoes. In a small bowl, mix tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, water, orange juice and seasonings; pour over top.
  • Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 10 minutes. Quick-release pressure. A thermometer inserted in chicken should read at least 170° If desired, serve with rice.
    Freeze option: Place cooked chicken mixture in freezer containers. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary.

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  • gremaux
    May 21, 2020


  • jbpar
    Aug 24, 2019

    This was easy to make. Chicken turned out very tender, and like another reviewer said it needed some salt. I served it over couscous . However I wasn’t won over with the flavor of the sauce, I thought the combination was a little bland. Might try just the barbecue sauce and a little water next time.

  • Chris
    May 1, 2019

    This was surprisingly good, especially considering how easy the prep is. Definitely recommend serving over rice. Lots of sauce. I would add a some salt, but make it first as is and adjust to your taste. Very yummy.

  • MarineMom_texas
    Apr 24, 2019

    Delicious! We had this recipe tonight. I followed the recipe exactly. This is quick even though you have to wait for it to come to pressure. Quick and delicious. Volunteer Field Editor